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Mercedes-Benz Debuts Autonomous Research Car With 4K Screens

Mercedes-Benz has revealed the F 015 Luxury in Motion, an autonomous concept vehicle that frees up the driver to do other things while on the road. The research car is designed to give us a glimpse of the future of transportation and mobility through an "immersive user experience."

The futuristic exterior may look straight out of a science fiction film, but the interior is the main attraction for this vehicle. Described by Mercedes-Benz as a "mobile living space," the F 015 attempts to give us a look at how autonomous vehicles could change the future of transportation.

The interior features rotating chairs for a lounge-like setting, as well as multiple ways for the car to deliver information about the trip, the vehicle, and the outside world. The car includes high resolution touch screens that allow passengers to interact with the vehicle through gestures and touches. These screens, which are capable of 4K display, can be used to play music, look at photos, and contact friends. We wonder how long it would take someone to figure out a way to bring a 4K gaming rig into the vehicle to pass time during some of the longer trips.

Adding to the futuristic look of the car, the exterior features large LED displays, as well as audible tones and spoken instructions that communicate with the vehicle's surroundings. The F 015 is also very friendly to the environment, as it can reach nearly 700 miles on battery and electricity alone, meaning that during this time, the vehicle will emit no pollution whatsoever.

Even though on the surface, this news appears to have little to do with gaming, the ideas are exciting. Not only could we see ourselves racing against these cars in games like Forza and Gran Turismo, the interior just begs to be modded to have a ton of gaming technology installed for long trips. Imagine having a long drive ahead of you, but instead of having to compile a good road trip soundtrack, you just have to figure out which game from your accumulating backlog you want to knock out during this trip. The possibilities truly are endless, and hint at a very exciting future.

Of course, the F 015 Luxury in Motion research car is just that: a car that only exists to research and develop certain concepts for possible application in the likely distant future. Because of this, don't expect to be able to pick one up the next time you're in need of a new ride. Luckily, this tells us that automakers are thinking very seriously about the next evolution of cars and what that next step could hold for us. On the flipside, however, we don't even want to think about how much a car such as this would cost.

[Source: Mercedes Benz, Wired]

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Exclusive Mad Max Screens Show Off The Brutal Wasteland

We haven’t seen Mad Max in a game for a long while, which makes his return exciting enough.  Couple that with the fact that the new title is being developed by Just Cause creators Avalanche Studios, and you’ve got the makings of something special. We got to play the game for several hours during our studio visit, and you can read our impressions in the April cover story of Game Informer magazine. If you missed it, now’s your chance to see a few screenshots from the game, which cover some of its highlights.

Be sure to click the images to see them at full resolution.

The shot above shows more than just a man and his car. If you’ve watched the films, you’ll probably recognize Max’s black-leather getup. You won’t, however, recognize Max’s face or voice. He follows the antihero’s broad strokes, but Avalanche says its version of the character is essentially a reset. Take a close look at the car, too. It’s just one of a dizzying array of possible customized versions of Max’s car, which is affectionately called the Magnum Opus by the mechanic/companion who designed it. Players can tinker with a variety of the vehicle’s aspects, including ramming bumpers, tires, armor, engines, exhaust systems, and gearboxes. You can also pick one of several bodies, so you aren’t stuck with a muscle car if that’s not your thing. The car’s finish is worth a quick call out, too. Avalanche hesitates to call them paint jobs, since paint isn’t exactly commonplace in the Wasteland. Here, you can see that the car is blackened by a layer of tar, which has been etched to create the look of a street rod’s flame-inspired decorations. Sometimes you just have to make do.

Even though he spends much of his time behind the wheel, Max still has to hoof it from time to time. From our hands-on time, it’s rarely for a relaxing walk. As you clear out enemy outposts and accept other missions, you run into a variety of Wasteland scum. Here, Max is taking on a small crowd with his double-barreled shotgun. It’s certainly an effective way to remove a threat, but it’s not necessarily the most efficient tactic. Ammunition is scarce (expect to see a lot of arrows, like in the later films), which means that every frivolous shot you take could come back to haunt you later. Combat takes the center stage in this shot, but take a look at the Magnum Opus in the background. It’s another, rustier variation that players can create.


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Trine 3: The Artifacts Of Power Announced Via Trailer & Screens

Finnish developer Frozenbyte has announced the latest game in the series via a trailer showing off its gorgeous-looking gameplay.

The series' three adventurers move into 3D, although the traditional 2D gameplay is still central.

Frozenbyte says the game comes out sometime in 2015 for PC, with other platforms listed as TBA.

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New Disgaea 5 Trailer And Screens Unleashed

At its annual press event, NIS America looked at the year ahead, which included showing off more of Disgaea 5: Alliance of Vengeance.

This entry in the beloved strategy/RPG franchise is centered on revenge. Protagonist Killia is ready to take down Overlord Void Dark, and will stop at nothing to see his vengeance fulfilled. This installment has new features like alliance attacks, where your relationship with battle mates grants you special moves. In addition, a revenge mode provides your characters bonus stats when they’ve been hit more than they can bear. 

In the latest trailer, meet the characters, see the PS4’s power put to use, and discover how this entry is upping the hatred. Be sure to also check out the new screens in the gallery below. 

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Disgaea 5: Alliance of Vengeance is set to release exclusively on PS4 this fall.

For more information, check out what we uncovered when the game was unveiled in Japan last year.

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2015 World Championship Screens Show Off Smite On Xbox One

The 2015 Smite World Championship happened this weekend, and with it comes new screens for the upcoming Xbox One version of the game.

You can check out the new screens collected below, as well as lots of pictures from the championship event.

The tournament came down to two teams (as competitive events typically do): Cognitive Prime from North America Titan from Europe. Cognitive Prime came out on top taking home the $ 2,612,610 prize.

The event had more than one million views watching on Twitch, making it the most viewed stream this weekend.

Smite is coming to Xbox One later this year.

For more on Smite, you can check out our review of the PC game by heading here. You can also check out a recent cinematic trailer for the game below.

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A framework for screens and logic

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Tale of Tales’ Sunset rises with first screens

Tale of Tales’ upcoming narrative-driven game Sunset received its first official set of screenshots today. Announced in March 2014, the exploration game stars Angela Burnes, a housekeeper of a secluded philanthropist, set in a lone 1970′s apartment. …
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Rumor: First Screens From Telltale’s Game Of Thrones Appear Online

A collection of eight screenshots from Telltale's upcoming Game of Thrones has appeared online, but Telltale has not confirmed their legitimacy.

The screens were shared by the twitter account @lifelower, which describes itself, "XBLA Watchdog! Exploring for upcoming XBLA & putting them on the release calendar."

The images show familiar Game of Thrones characters in Telltale's art style. You can see more images in the gallery below.

Depending on the legitimacy of these images, Telltale has not yet officially shared any character images like this from the game, but it did reveal a few details about the game earlier this month. The game will follow House Forrester, a family that has not yet appeared in the HBO show, and will take place near the end of the third season. For more, head here and here.

The first of the game's planned six chapters will be out before the end of 2014. We've reached out to Telltale games for more details and confirmation on these screens.

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Our Take
Despite releasing this year, Telltale has been very guarded about revealing images like this from its upcoming Game of Thrones game. It's entirely possible these were fabricated, but if that's the case, then it is a very good fabrication. This looks about how I expected the game to look, so I would be surprised to learn they are not real.

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Shadow of Mordor is the ultimate Beastmaster in new DLC screens

Monolith detailed the first expansion to Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor today, Lord of the Hunt. The upcoming DLC introduces “more tales from Torvin, the Dwarven Hunter, as you work together to tame the beasts of Mordor and fight Sauron’s minions.”…
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Here Are The Start Screens For Nearly Every Game Boy Game Ever Made

You may remember YouTuber NicksplosionFX from his previous video game start screen compilations for the NES and SNES. Now he has released another start screen compilation, this one for the Game Boy.

The video, which clocks in at 2 hours and 42 minutes long, contains the opening scenes for nearly every Game Boy game (pulled from the system’s Wikipedia page), all presented with their original graphics and music intact. If you’ve got a few hours to spare, or maybe just want some cool chiptunes to listen to while you work, check out the video below. 

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[Source: NicksplosionFX via Engadget.com]

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